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GOOD NEWS THURSDAY – 13 July 2023

We could not wish for a more beautiful day as the sky is that extra blue that we have in winter and after the heavy rains, the countryside is a lush green with the hues of the changing seasons.

Good morning Colleagues,

We could not wish for a more beautiful day as the sky is that extra blue that we have in winter and after the heavy rains, the countryside is a lush green with the hues of the changing seasons.

The stats for week 3 – 9th July reflect the stormy conditions of the previous week, as below:

  • CTCT : 8928 TEU target 16201; high swells & strong winds affecting operations severely, with 7 vessels at anchor, some taking refuge in St Helena Bay, 601 non-operational due to the heavy swells.
  • CTMPT: 421 TEU target 432 – delays due to swells and lack of vessels calling at terminal, again a question of improving productivity & marketing the available facilities.
  • FPT :  5 vessels handled : 1 container , 3 Multi-cargo, 1 B/B : 362 TEU; 6870.14 MT & 2095 pallets fruit.

The Good news is that a war room has been set up by TNPA and earlier this week CTCT achieved over 2500 moves on Monday and 2583 moves on Tuesday, so the coming week will reflect this uptick – long may at last!

On another positive note, your scribe was honoured to attend the 247th Independence Day celebrations last Thursday hosted by US Ambassador Reuben E Bridgety II, and contrary to popular belief, the USA ain’t going nowhere!

The US Government is very aware of the important role South Africa (W Cape in particular) plays in view of its strategic position and Ambassador Bridgety’s speech was certainly different to what we read in the press.

Interestingly Delta Airlines is achieving 94% pax capacity on their ATL-CPT route, even in winter, so the market is there!

Please note tonight’s function is at Roof Terrace Room, CTICC1, with underground parking in p3 – celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Yours in exporting: a trillion-rand industry-in-waiting